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Forest Service Waives Fees for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted: January 16, 2013 10:17 a.m.
Updated: January 16, 2013 10:17 a.m.
 

Arcadia, Calif. – In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr Day, the Angeles National Forest will be waiving fees at trailheads and day use sites on Jan. 21, 2013

The normally required National Forest Adventure Pass will be waived this Monday. “I encourage everyone to get outdoors and enjoy the day on your public lands,” said Forest Supervisor Thomas Contreras.

The Angeles National Forest has numerous recreational opportunities including hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, off-highway vehicle use, and winter sports. With recent temperatures near freezing at night and daytime temps in the 50’s Forest Service Officials urge visitors to come prepared when heading into the local mountains.

“Forest visitors need to come prepared for cold weather,” advises Forest Supervisor Thomas Contreras. “Angelino’s that are use to 70 degree temperatures often don’t anticipate that weather in the mountains is generally cooler, cloudier, and windier than in lowland areas” said Contreras.

Whether you’re going for a hike or heading up to enjoy the snow, come prepared for the potential hazards that come with winter conditions. “Know Before You Go” by calling or going online to check on the latest road and weather conditions for your destination. Take along a few essential winter safety items such as tire chains, which may be required for passage, extra food and water, a flashlight, a first aid kit and a shovel. Cold weather brings icy roads, possible flash floods, fog, poor visibility, and exposure to hypothermia. Layer your clothing for warmth, bring a beanie, gloves and insulated boots suited to rugged terrain.

Planning your trip in advance and taking along these recommended items could prove critical in the event of a change in the weather, a car breakdown, or other unexpected situation. Also, keep in mind cell phone coverage is very limited in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Snow areas usually mean heavy, slow-moving traffic and slippery driving conditions. Be patient and do not attempt to pass cars except in passing lanes, and park on the right side of the fog line where it’s legal. Remember that while daytime sunshine may melt icy roads, late afternoon shadows will quickly cause the roads to ice over again. Be particularly alert to “black ice,” pavement that looks clear but is actually glazed over with ice. Similar conditions can exist on trails, causing hikers instant loss of footing. Never attempt to walk onto a frozen body of water as the ice may not be fully formed, Jackson Lake is closed due to that reason.

The California Department of Transportation posts current road condition information for the Angeles Crest Highway (State Route 2) and other state highways at http://www.dot.ca.gov/ Closures on the Angeles Forest Hwy and other roads throughout the Angeles are posted on the Los Angeles County website at http://dpw.lacounty.gov/roadclosures/ .

If you choose to sled or toboggan, be extremely cautious. Pick a safe location, well away from roads, large rocks and trees. Also, don’t sled or tube in unfamiliar terrain, as drifts can conceal steep cliffs and other drop-offs. Adhere to and stay out of Avalanche area. Zip your car keys up in a pocket so not to loose them. Ski areas located on the Forest include Mt Baldy (www.mtbaldy.com), and Mountain High (www.mthigh.com). Always ski in control, stay in bounds and follow other posted guidelines for responsible skiing.

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